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Archive for June, 2014


THE REAL AMBASSADORS – LIVE, AT LAST!

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During April 2014 Jazz At Lincoln Center presented a TRIBUTE TO DAVE BRUBECK.  His family participated as well as guests playing his music.

Amongst the gems was a longtime fave of mine called The Real AmbassadorsOriginally on vinyl, later a CD, this 1961 loosely sketched bauble with lyrics and libretto by Iola Brubeck was supposed to be headed for Broadway but backers evaporated for what might have become a controversial show..

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RECENT CDs : ANDREW HADRO; PETE McGUINNESS; MARTIN WIND

Posted on June 6, 2014

While I don’t usually review CDs per se as there are so many which cross my desk all worthy of my attention, from time to time sounds or the stories which emanate from them jump out at me.  Here a few encapsulated cases in point.

Baritone saxist Andrew Hadro is a multi-threat jazz personage.  Not only is he a masterful player on a still under recognized solo instrument, but he is also my computer guru who helped me set up this blog.

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DR. HERB WONG : JAZZ IS A HOMEGROWN AFFAIR

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It has taken me a while since Dr. Herb Wong‘s passing to compose my remembrances of the writer/producer.  He was among the first persons I met when I  decided to enter the jazz world as a journalist.  I was a Down Beat-reading fan and called Herb when I realized his depth.  Not only was he a journalist and professor approaching legendary status, but he also produced for the Bay Area’s Palo Alto Records.

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THE LATIN/JEWISH JAZZ CONNECTION : A CONDENSED PERSONAL HISTORY

The bandleader, composer, timbalero, vibist Tito Puente often thanked from the stage the Jewish people who habituated the Catskill Mountains for “saving our music.”  He was alluding to all those Latin lounge bands who perpetuated the mambo, cha-cha-cha, merengé, later the charanga and the rest of the dances which emigrated north circuitously from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and South America.

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